An SOE delivers more than cost savings and greater security; it helps your IT organization become far more agile and responsive to the business. With new-found time and budget, the IT team can focus more of its efforts on driving innovation and speeding delivery of new applications and services. A simplified environment lets you provision new IT services far faster and with less effort.
Standardizing your environment helps prepare your organization for adopting future computing innovation. IT research and analysis firm IDC1 states that “the path toward tomorrow’s compute paradigm mandates some investment...in standardization.”
For example, an SOE provides the automation, stability, and responsiveness needed for eventual cloud adoption. With a more consistent foundation, it’s easier to deploy any application or manage big, unstructured, or semistructured data, anywhere, at any time, across physical, virtual, and cloud environments, as your business requirements dictate.
“Linux is core to the cloud. 74% of enterprises are maintaining or increasing Linux to support cloud.”
Linux Foundation, January 2013
1. "The Business Value of Standardizing on Red Hat Infrastructure Solutions," September 2014. Al Gillen and Randy Perry, IDC